Stuttgart –Mercedes-Benz sold more vehicles around the world last month than ever before in a May: A total of 198,187 cars with the three-pointed star were handed over to customers (+2.3%). The premium brand thus achieved best-ever unit sales for the 63rd month in succession. In the first five months of this year, 985,063 units were sold, which is 5.4% more than in the prior-year period. Mercedes-Benz was the premium brand with the most new registrations in May in countries including Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, USA, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and Australia.

 

 

“The 63rd record month in succession demonstrates our customers’ trust in first-class products from Mercedes-Benz. This enables us to further expand our strong position in the premium segment. This May, we delivered more than 198,000 vehicles, which is more than in any May before,” stated Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for [...]

Stuttgart – In the first three months of this year, Mercedes-Benz posted its strongest-selling quarter of all time and defended its top position in the premium segment. The company with the three-pointed star smoothly continued with this successful start to the year in April: 192,558 cars were delivered to customers around the world (+6.6%), more than ever before at the beginning of a second quarter. Unit sales in the first four months of the year increased to the new high of 786,862 vehicles sold with the three-pointed star (+6.2%). For 62 months in a row, Mercedes-Benz has now posted continuous growth. In several markets, Mercedes-Benz was the premium brand with the most new registrations in April, including Germany, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Australia, USA, Mexico and Brazil.

“After our most successful quarter, we are keeping up the pace. More than 192,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold in April means not only a growth [...]

From CNET Roadshow: The Beijing Motor Show is going to be a hot one -- or it will be at the Mercedes-Benz stand, at least, as the automaker has some big stuff to show off for the first time.

The main draw for US audiences should be the reveal of the A-Class sedan. Mercedes already unveiled the A-Class hatchback in Geneva, but it's the sedan that will eventually make its way to the US.

Daimler's press release for the show says this A-Class model will be "produced in China for China," so it's likely a long-wheelbase version of the car that will eventually come Stateside. Nevertheless, all you need to do is shrink the wheelbase in Photoshop and you've probably got a good idea of what's coming to these [...]

From ME Construction News: As JCB celebrates 25 years of skid steer production, the company is launching seven new large-platform skid steer loaders and compact tracked machines. The machines feature a new Hi-Viz boom, which is mounted 50mm lower to further improve visibility from the cab. Based on the firm’s large skid steer platform, the previous 225 becomes the 250 and the 260 is renamed the 270. The 300 and the 330 remain unchanged.

On the compact tracked loader side, the 225T is now the 250T, the 260T becomes the 270T and the 300T is unchanged. The Hi-Viz models’ new Powerboom loading arm, mounted 50mm lower than in the previous generation, improves the view across the boom to the operator’s right-hand side.

The boom also features new double tapered [...]

Monday April 2nd, 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the STI, as Subaru Technica International. On April 2, 1988, Subaru's legendary motorsport division was founded, changing the rally and car-modifying landscape forever.
Subaru took a thoughtful look back at its origins on last Monday and shared some history about its influential performance branch's origins. STI can trace its rally roots back to the Subaru Leone's participation in the 1972 Australia Southern Cross Rally, and again in 1980 when it competed in the World Rally Championship with the first four-wheel drive car ever entered in the series.
STI tuned its first car in 1989, a basic Legacy Turbo that the division fitted with a 220-horsepower BOXER engine, bigger brakes, and a new suspension system. This Subie went on to set a new FIA World Speed Endurance record, driving around a track at an average speed of 138 mph for 62,000 miles straight [...]

From The Car Connection: The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has even more in common with its S-Class flagship sibling this year.

On Tuesday, Mercedes unveiled swoopy coupe and convertible versions of the C-Class ahead of their big debut at next week’s New York auto show. They're the style-oriented follow-ups to the C-Class sedan that debuted earlier this month at the Geneva auto show.

Hidden underneath a modest exterior styling update, the C-Class—available as a coupe, a convertible, and a sedan in the U.S.—grabs some oversized technology updates from the S-Class that vault it ahead of other compact luxury cars. The 2019 model is also more powerful, although it doesn’t quite approach the S-Class under-hood. And there's still no word on a turbodiesel version of the C-Class.

A trio of C-Class [...]

From Forbes.com: Roger Federer’s remarkable run on and off the court has continued this year. The 36-year-old won the Australian Open last month to extend his career record for Grand Slam titles among men to 20, including three of the last four. With the Swiss star showing no signs of slowing down, brands still clamor to align themselves with the apparently ageless Federer.

The latest is Mercedes-Benz, which first partnered with Federer in 2008. The German auto brand's parent, Daimler, announced an extension today of its endorsement deal with Federer. The new multiyear deal will net Federer an estimated $5 million annually.

"Roger Federer is an outstanding athlete who has shaped tennis for decades and stands for top performance. As a successful top athlete, he ideally represents our brand as we are [...]

From Top Gear: So, the new A-Class – Merc’s biggest seller in the UK, and the smallest Mercedes that isn’t technically a Smart. Only now it’s bigger than ever. 30mm longer, with a 14mm wider front track, more shoulder-, head- and elbow-room and a more voluminous, more easily accessible boot than the really quite ordinary, not especially spacious car it replaces. Good news, we’re sure you’ll agree. But there is better, more interesting news elsewhere…

News, for example, of the all new MBUX infotainment system, which employs machine learning to “adapt to suit the user” and “create an emotional connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers”. So for example, if you regularly switch to Radio 4 at 6pm for the news, the car will remember this and remind you.

Like [...]

From CNET.com: Mercedes-Benz has a new A-Class on the way and it'll be here next week.

Mercedes-Benz will unveil the 2019 A-Class at a press event in Amsterdam on Feb. 2 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. In the event you're not hanging out in The Netherlands, waiting for the reveal to happen, you can live-stream the event on Mercedes-Benz's website, too.

In preparation for the reveal, the automaker threw out one last teaser, which doesn't hide much of the new A-Class' front end. The headlights sport the same triangular shape as the new CLS-Class, signaling further adoption of M-B's latest design language. All the real fun stuff is out back or inside the car, so we'll have to wait until the reveal to see the full monty.

Perhaps the [...]

Subaru reveals the 50th Anniversary Editions on their The Cars pages as they celebrate 50 years in the U.S.

From Torque News: The 50th Anniversary Edition, 2018 Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Impreza, WRX and WRX STI, Legacy and BRZ are coming soon. You can see in the image above, revealed on Subaru’s 50th Anniversary pages, they are coming in a new special Heritage Blue color. Subaru of America (SOA) is launching the 50th anniversary editions to celebrate the Camden, NJ automaker’s 50th anniversary in the U.S. market.

Subaru said the 50th anniversary limited edition models will feature the new, Heritage Blue color (not officially announced) and will also come with special badging. The commemorative "Subaru 50th Anniversary" badge with a silver ring, gold star and the Heritage Blue color will be placed on the [...]

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